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Viuda de Vacas

#660 of 9,089 Restaurants in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
La Latina
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Calle Aguila 2, 28005 Madrid, Spain
+34 913 66 58 47
12:30 - 16:30
20:30 - 00:30
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Mon 20:30 - 00:30
Wed - Mon 12:30 - 16:30
Wed - Sat 20:30 - 00:30
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New York City, New York
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A couple friends and I were delighted to find this neighborhood restaurant was still open well over 10 years after having last been. It's a family-run place (one of the servers is the daughter of the owner) with fantastic typical Spanish fare along with elevated versions of the classics. For example, the roast quail stuffed with foie...incredible. We also shared... More 

Thank ruzi15
Denia, Spain
Level Contributor
360 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Lunched today and just about OK. Lovely people running the restaurant which is clearly popular with locals but certainly one we wouldn't rush back to.

Thank grapow
Axbridge, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We booked online via the Fork and our table was waiting for us. I recommend booking on Sunday as it was very busy. Lovely atmosphere (no other tourists just local people ). Food was substantial traditional fare and reasonably priced for a weekend. Friendly staff. We enjoyed it!

Thank mendip_7
Turin, Italy
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82 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

The place was full of local people, sign of good food normally and it was actually so. Simple but tasty dishes, kind waitress. Good experience!

Thank Chicca1483
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Crazy good food, wonderful hospitality. Highly recommend the lemony-fish and the oxtail stew. For dessert - the cheesecake with brandy. Amazing!

Thank buttless
Grimbergen, Brabant, Belgium
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 April 2016

If you are tired of the typical tapas, come here. A basic Spanish family restaurant with friendly service, even when you don't speak much Spanish. The squid in ink is wonderfull!

Thank Lief B
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Found this restaurant on the street corner in La Latina area, it was SO good, the food was great so we went back again another night. The portion was perfect and food very tasty. Great restaurant.

Thank Mimi_blue81
San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

We are not familiar with traditional Spanish food, so we decided to give this restaurant a try. Salmorejo is too thick for our tastes, but the flavor is good. The highlight of the meal was the squid in ink with rice. Be aware that they don't always open on time.

Thank PJ S
Helsinki, Finland
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490 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Situated in Madrid centro. Small, cosy and friendly place. Local people and great food. It is not so easy to find this kind of place in the middle of Madrid. We had rabo de toro, alcachofas, codorniz...all excellent.

Thank AriHelsinki
Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Viuda de Vacas is very homey and small with a bar you can stand at and talk to people who look like they come here every night. There are a few pleasant tables out front as well at the y of a picturesque intersection. The here food is not overly elevated which I find to be a good thing. In... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$28 - US$39
European, Spanish, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 - 16:30
20:30 - 00:30
12:30 - 16:30
12:30 - 16:30
20:30 - 00:30
12:30 - 16:30
20:30 - 00:30
12:30 - 16:30
20:30 - 00:30
12:30 - 16:30
20:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Aguila 2, 28005 Madrid, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > La Latina
  • Neighbourhood: La Latina
  • Phone Number: +34 913 66 58 47
At Vuida de Vacas we define our cuisine as cocina tradicional de mercado or market-fresh traditional cooking. We use only seasonal produce, and our dishes hail from popular tradition. From the 20th century early years till now we continue to serve dishes which have their origin in traditional Madrileno or Segovian fare: callos a la madrilena (Madrid-style tripe); gallina en pepitoria (chicken fricassee: chicken in an egg and almond sauce); garlic soup, cocido (the Madrid version is a consomme with chickpeas, cabbage, chorizo and meat added)

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in La Latina

Neighbourhood Profile
La Latina
La Latina is a charming neighbourhood with two unique personalities. At first glance, it’s distinctly old-world, with narrow streets weaving a maze among charming stone buildings in sunny, bright colors like yellow and pink. The other side of La Latina is characterized by a young population and a bohemian vibe, as evidenced by a dynamic and evolving selection of new bars, shops, coworking spaces, and other businesses popping up in the area. In the northern part of the neighbourhood, the Cava Alta and Cava Baja streets constitute the tapas center of Madrid, where each age-old restaurant serves up distinctive specialties like huevos rotos and patatas bravas. Locals have come here for generations to while away hours over drinks and tapas with friends. On Sundays and public holidays, the streets to the south of La Latina metro station transform into a giant open-air market full of locals sifting through tent after tent of art, apparel, and antiques. Any day of the week, the intriguing blend of the traditional and the hip make the streets of La Latina worth exploring.
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